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The County Office Of Management & Budget has completed their tabulation of the incorporation surveys and our Commissioner has shared her response to the results. We are grateful for those who took the time to fill in and mail in their surveys and appreciate Commissioner Levine Cava's effort to listen to the community and make her decision based...

"I thought about this a lot this past weekend as I enjoyed the quiet in my neighborhood. In the response I received from a VPB Council Member to my previous email, I was told that their 5-0 vote in opposition was "non-binding" because they (the Council) have "no say" in the matter. I started to do some research. "No say"...

One of the incentives presented by those who promote incorporation is that it will increase your property value. Having a brand name for the community and perhaps a few cosmetic enhancements to the neighborhood [that you'd be helping pay for whether you want them or not] to appeal to home buyers and renters in theory could raise market values,...

The Miami Herald has just published an article about the controversy over the Palmetto Bay development, where it appears there is no viable legal option to prevent some development there on that property - the situation was created initially before Palmetto Bay was incorporated. I don't know what options might be considered other than the ones the...

Bigger Issue

08/18/2017

The bigger issue would be that the residents of the area , if incorporated, would cede their property rights to only three elected officials (if a 5 person council) who could raise their taxes year after year and the residents would be powerless to do anything about it except recall them or not elect them again. Either way, the residents...

Incorporation and Annexation should be opposed for many reasons.
Becoming part of a municipality will likely result in higher property taxes. Almost all of the cities in Miami-Dade have higher millage rates than UMSA does. Becoming part of a municipality will result in increased fees for individuals and businesses. This is because of duplication of...